By Ken Gross To date. It has been an active few months. The Save the Dam Falls Committee was formed in July 2021, when it became obvious that the town government — by which we mean the Camden Select Board and Town Manager, not the professional staff at the Town Office...
Save The Dam
By Robert Nichols There is a movement by a group of individuals in Camden who want to remove the three lower dams on the Megunticook river in the name of protecting the town from “flooding”. The irony of that movement is that our dams DON’T CAUSE flooding, they work...
Every member of the Camden Select Board has taken an oath to “faithfully discharge to the best of my abilities, all duties incumbent upon me pursuant to all charters, ordinances, policies and rules and regulations of the Town of Camden of which I have the right and...
The Montgomery Dam and its waterfall at the head of Camden Harbor have been the subject of much controversy. There are many facts, some true and some not-so-true, being presented to Camden citizens.
Ron Hawkins, Camden resident and long-time owner of a dam in Brooksville Maine, presents well thought out facts in this excellent article.
THIS ARTICLE IS WELL WORTH READING.
The Megunticook River has been an important part of Camden for hundreds of years. It has made the town successful by historically providing power for many industries as well as providing amazing recreational areas, waterfalls and dams along its 142 foot drop to the sea culminating into a spectacular pair of falls plunging into the ocean right beside Camden Harbor Park.
The Megunticook River and falls are still supporting the town by making Camden an amazing destination as a unique place to live or visit. The river and falls are also a living museum of Camden’s history, its people over hundreds of years and their struggles to survive and develop the unique town we have today.
Unfortunately this irreplaceable treasure is currently in peril! We cannot let it be torn apart for an ethnic cleansing by scores of excavators and dump trucks, where all we have left are little metal plaques and a few YouTube videos.
If there is any flooding problem at all surrounding the fate of our beloved Montgomery Dam, it is the tsunami of propaganda spewing from the Camden Select Board and their hand-picked collaborators, in service to their preconceived intentions for the Megunticook River.
It was a pleasure to read Sarah Miller’s thoughtful piece in PenBay Pilot on the timing of the vote for Montgomery Dam. It was a model of civil discourse that I hope to live up to.
I agree with her premise, that the town needs more discussion on whether or not to destroy Montgomery Dam and its waterfall, but I disagree with her conclusion: that a vote would be premature.
The vote, by the way, is likely to take place at the time of the June 2022 meeting, which is seven months away.